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EDMONTON, Canada (30 September) – This headline might seem strange in a time when everyone is urging everyone to cycle more and stay healthy…But in parts of the US and Canada there are strong sentiments of doing just that: ban cyclists from major roads! Reasons behind this trend are some fatal accidents over the last […]

EDMONTON, Canada (30 September) – This headline might seem strange in a time when everyone is urging everyone to cycle more and stay healthy…But in parts of the US and Canada there are strong sentiments of doing just that: ban
cyclists from major roads! Reasons behind this trend are some fatal accidents over the last couple of months. Not just the loss of life shocked many Americans, but the fact that lawyers in Canada have managed to pin the blame of such an accident on the city council in question has made an impact too.

In an accident where a car-driver opened the door without checking for upcoming traffic and thus hit and seriously injured a cyclist, the city was held responsible for not providing adequate cycling provisions. This has spawned news-items all over the US and Canada regarding a possible ban on bicycles on major roads. This seems their only solution to kerb the rising number of car-bike collisions…City councils now fear lawsuits for negligence, and clever US lawyers know just how to get the most from these. (MH)

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